Prescription Drugs/Cough and Cold Medicine

Prescription Drugs: also known as,

Opioids: Hillbilly heroin, oxy, OC, oxycotton, percs, happy pills, vikes.

Depressants: barbs, reds, red birds, phennies, tooies, yellows, yellow jackets, candy, downers, sleeping pills, tranks, A-minus, zombie pills.

Stimulants: Skippy, the smart drug, vitamin R, bennies, black beauties, roses, hearts, speed, uppers.

After marijuana and alcohol, prescription drugs are the most commonly abused substances by Americans age 14 and older.

Teens abuse prescription drugs for a number of reasons, such as to get high, to stop pain, or because they think it will help them with school work.

Most teens get prescription drugs they abuse from friends and relatives, sometimes without the person knowing.

Boys and girls tend to abuse some type of prescription drugs for different reasons. Boys are more likely to abuse prescription stimulants to get high, while girls tend to abuse them to stay alert or to lose weight.

800 young people died as a result of a prescription drug overdose in 2001. In 2015 over 2,200 young people died from an overdose. So you can see the problem is on the rise.

Cough and Cold Medicine: Also known as,

Robotripping, robo, tussin, triple c, dex, skittles, candy, velvet, and drank.

Two commonly abused cough and cold medicines are:

Cough syrups and capsules containing dextromethorphan and Promethazine-codeine cough syrup. Young people are more likeyl to abuse cough and cold medicines containing DXM because these medicines can be purchased without a prescription. Also young people have been known to mix the cough syrup into a soft drink like Sprite or Coke. Cough medicine can lead to addiction, overdose and death.

This information was obtained at https://teens.drugabuse.gov I incourage parents to check this website out for more information. We as parents need to be aware of what our children are coming into contact with and the street names that they go by.